Live From Industry: From Fingers to Fomites: The Connection to Infection

Live From Industry: From Fingers to Fomites: The Connection to Infection

Includes a Live Web Event on 05/16/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

CE: 0 / IPU: 0

Thursday, May 16, 2024 @ 1 pm ET
Sharon Ward-Fore, BS, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC, FAPIC

The objective of this presentation is to examine the contribution of hand and environmental contamination to Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). This webinar will examine how focusing on HAI reduction through hand hygiene alone is not sufficient. It will detail the need for a "bundled" approach consisting of hand hygiene and a cleaning and disinfection program to help drive down HAIs. The goal is to demonstrate the connection between the role hands and the environment play in cross-contamination, helping healthcare providers understand not only the importance of hand hygiene, but also the need to develop and maintain a robust environmental hygiene program for a safer environment for patients, staff, and visitors.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit:


In support of improving patient care, The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


  • APIC designates this activity for 0 Nursing Contact Hours


  • APIC designates this live course activity for a maximum of PRA Category 1 Credits™
  • Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Sharon Ward-Fore, BS, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC, FAPIC

Infection Prevention Consultant


Sharon has worked in healthcare since 1985, in both acute care and industrial research and development. In R &D she was involved in microbiology research and development for surgical implantable devices, contact lenses and lens care solutions, pharmaceutical research and development, sterilization and disinfection cycle development and validation. She began her career as an Infection Preventionist at a Chicago Veterans Administration hospital, then moved on to an academic medical center acute care hospital in downtown Chicago.

Her areas of expertise include special pathogens training; personal protective equipment selection and training; emergency preparedness; surgical services; sterilization practices; disinfectants and cleaners, with a special place in her heart for environmental services. Medical device and equipment material compatibility with surface disinfectants is an area of great interest to her because patient and staff safety rely on compatibility and efficacy of products used in healthcare.

Sharon is the clinical advisor for Metrex where she helps with training and education for Metrex staff and their clients. She is also an independent infection prevention consultant; a member of the editorial advisory board of Infection Control Today magazine; and a Clinical Editor for The APIC Text.

She has a B.S. in Biology and Medical Technology, and a M.S. in Clinical Microbiology. She is Board Certified in Infection Control (CIC) and is an APIC Fellow (FAPIC).


Live From Industry: Connecting the Dots: Hands and the Healthcare Environment
05/16/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
05/16/2024 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
Revised Evaluation: Live From Industry: Connecting the Dots: Hands and the Healthcare Environment
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